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Media centers have changed over the last few years. Flat screen tvs take up a lot less room and that allows the designs to be cleaner and less heavy looking. People still like to have bookcases for storage and display and to also have cabinets below. I like to have the bookcase on the sides to be shallower than the center to give the piece more interest. That way the crown moulding can return back and that frames the center section as the focal point. Sometimes I do the same for the base cabinets.
Since every space is different and there are always things to contend with (i.e. vents, sprinkler heads, viewing angle), every design is different. Customers have a sense of what they want both in the look and the function. Part of my job is to take those ideas and make them work in the space provided.
Home theater with speakers in panels above.
Cherry freestanding media cabinet.
Clean lined cabinetry with recess for television.
Painted cabinet for storage and tv. Lots of drawers and folding doors on left because of brick. Also made the little table.
Georgetown library, desk and space for tv.
Pickled maple unit in bedroom.
Built-in in family room.
Matching cabinets and bookcases with mantel.
Tight space but got it all in.
Bookcases, cabinets and drawers for bedroom.
Unpainted unit. Odd space, cleaned it up.
This cabinet is in a 80 year old house in Takoma Park, MD. The transom detail is the same as the window but the rest of the cabinet has cleaner lines. The customer designed this to fit both the home and their style.
Home offices have become more popular in the past ten years or so. A lot of the time the room needs to be used as a guest room as well as an office, so the design is very important. It has to be first a good work area because that is what it will be the majority of the time. When there is a room that will just be an office, then there is a little more flexibility.
Childs desk with storage and cherry worktop.
His and hers work areas in maple.
More file storage and tall doors.
Cherry home office.
Cherry home office made to match homeowners antique.
Maple credenza to match with bookcases and cabinets.
Another cherry desk and drawers.
Cherry cabinets and lateral file drawers.
Home office with cherry worktop and pigeon hole storage.
Teenagers home office with a little clothes storage as well.
Home office in attic.
More home office in attic.
Mahogany home office in living room.
Mahogany home office with doors opened.
Mahogany Federal Style home office.
Mixed use room. Home office and library.
Other wall of mixed us room showing space for tv.
Work area in kitchen with bulletin board covered in fabric.
Sewing area in DC. Tight space but a lot of storage.
File drawers and doors below, bookcases above and flip up doors on top. Makes a lot of storage for a small space. Cherry counter.
Over the years I have been commissioned to make many different types of libraries. Some are floor to ceiling open bookcases and some have cabinets on the bottom. There are general design boundaries I like to follow. Going to the ceiling always looks better. The cabinets blend into the room better and actually make the room feel bigger. Having the counter and ceiling height a certain ratio makes the cabinetry "look right". When the millwork is going to be painted I try to make the cabinetry blend in to the existing architecture. Lately, I have been doing a style called transitional. That is when some of the details of the cabinetry match the existing design and some of the details are cleaner and more modern. That allows the space to be more updated.
DC Design House in Georgetown.
DC Design House detail.
Chevy Chase Library.
Four walls of cabinets and bookcases.
Scoobie Doo Door.
Bethesda bookcases around sofa.
Bookcases with lighting.
DC cabinetry with angled roof line.
Small study with a ton of books.
Dupont Circle cabinets and display.
Bookcases in Potomac study. Same thing was is on the other side of window.
Reclaimed panels set into ceiling and new trim all around convert this sun room into a beautiful library.
Another angle of the same room showing the bookcases and another reclaimed panel set into the ceiling.
Custom kitchens are usually very large projects. Figuring out all the details and where everything goes gets quite involved. The benefit of working directly with the actual person building and installing the kitchen is the best way to go. Most of the kitchens I have done have been either with a architect involved or just me. Customers know what they like and I can install all the latest pullouts and storage systems that are available. The kitchens are finished with a hardened lacquer and installed.
Cherry, walnut and white lacquer.
Banquette with cherry bench in Chevy Chase.
Arts & Crafts Kitchen in quartered white oak.
White oak kitchen island.
More of the quartered white oak kitchen.
Banquette with trestle table for kitchen area.
Cherry kitchen and farm table in Potomac.
Stone and reclaimed timbers finish the cherry kitchen.
DC kitchen storage and paneled opening to dining room.
DC kitchen. Counter top not in yet.
Cherry cabinets for dining area in kitchen.
Dining room cabinetry is usually for overflow storage from the kitchen and things used for entertaining. Recently I was asked to take some old paneling, salvaged from an early 1900's home in Newton MA., and modify it to fit into a house in DC. The quarter white oak paneling was severely damaged and there was not quite enough. I paneled the walls and then made a wall of cabinets out of old and new material. The results are the first three photos.
Reclaimed quartered white oak. Buffett and tall cabinets.
More early 1900's reclaimed material.
Buffett and bookcases in McLean, VA.
Foggy Bottom bookcases and buffet with frosted glass doors and stained black ash counter.
DC mahogany built-in buffet.
China cabinet and Buffet in Kensington. Also built the dining table.
Banquette with flip up lids.
Georgetown built-in china cabinet.
Bedroom cabinetry can be tricky. Some homes have large bedrooms and the cabinetry can be used to warm up the space with display and book space, a spot for a television and some storage. Apartments or row houses in the city need more storage space and square footage is tight. I am very good at designing cabinetry to maximize function. Extra hanging space and drawers are always appreciated.
Wardrobe and drawers for clothes and bookcases.
Same room working around the roof line.
Capitol Hill Built-in with hanging space behind doors.
Small foot print with lots of drawers and shelving.
Wardrobe and media center in DC.
Bed platform with drawers at the end.
White lacquered wardrobe and display.
Built in closet and bed with trundle drawers. This small bedroom has the all the storage a girl could need.
View of foot of bed showing a built-in dresser.
Doors to hide television, five shallow drawers for jewelry and open shelves above. Fluted columns and same base and crown molding.
Bathrooms can be tight so making the cabinetry look like furniture can be nice. Having the vanity not go to the floor or to use legs give the appearance of more floor space.
An advantage of having custom cabinetry for the bathroom is that you can design for the space instead of working around stock pieces. Also, the cabinetry can be unique to you in how you like to live.
Walnut vanity and mirror and raised panels wainscoting.
Dark cherry vanity with mirrored doors above.
Cherry vanity and medicine chests and painted cabinets just in view.
Many neighborhoods in the area were built by the same builder and thus the styles are similar inside. A lot of the time the mantels were just brick with not much detail. As a general rule the mantel should be the most ornate thing in the room. Having a new mantel adds character to the room.
Mantel with pilasters above in Bethesda.
Floating cherry mantel on upholstered wall.
Raised panel mantel with pilasters above and arch over fireplace.
Cabinets and bookcases flanking mantel in Bethesda.
Mantel with cabinets on either side. Glass doors with mullions match the windows.
Clean lined mantel with cabinets separating the room.
Occasionally I am asked to make furniture. It does not happen as much as I would like but sometimes things need to be custom made. I actually started out 20 years ago making beds from reclaimed boards and pealed logs for lodges out west.
Some assembly required.
Trestle table on my work bench ready for the finisher.
Zebra wood and walnut blanket chest.
Walnut coffee table. Built to last.
Walnut dining table.
Ash desk with two toned staining.
Walnut herring bone wardrobe.
Zebra wood and walnut vanity.
Customer gave me a photocopy of a magazine picture and I made this for a niche in her front foyer.
Most homes need a place where things can be dropped or flung and still manage to look nice. Sometimes this is a place that is visible to the general public. Mixing cubbies, doors and drawers can make the space appear organized.
Cherry and painted mudroom
Mudroom area and hanging storage with drawers below in Chevy Chase.
Dark cherry bench to match floors.
Cubbies for each family member.
Bench to put on shoes with storage above.
Wall opposite for hidden storage.
Most of the cabinetry I build is used for some sort of display but these pieces were build specifically for the purpose. The cabinet with glass on the sides was built for a collection of jade that had been in the family and was a gift for a wife.
Cherry cabinetry with diamond pattern to match leaded window.
Crotch walnut and mappa burl display cabinet.
Most of the commercial jobs I have done have been doctors offices, optometrist and embassies. Here is a eye glass store in Bethesda and a doctors reception desk.
Mahogany eyeglass store cabinetry.
Work areas and more display.
Pediatric office reception desk.
St Peters Capitol Hill
Rectory cabinetry and desk for St Peters on Capitol Hill
St Peters Capitol Hill
Rectory cabinetry and desk in walnut for St Peters on Capitol Hill
St Peters Capitol Hill
Rectory cabinetry for St Peters on Capitol Hill
Sometimes, usually after children have moved away, I am commissioned to build a bar in someones home. The photos here are from one. A man asked me to build something that had a southwest flair. I designed this bar using hickory and walnut. The cabinets were all hickory with knots and twists in the grain and then finished with a honey brown stain and lacquer. The bar top is one 8' slab of walnut. I carved suns in the crown moulding to finish up the top.
Hickory bar with Southwestern feel.
Carved crown and stepped detail on doors and side panel.
Walnut bar top with flying dutchmen inlayed.
View showing open shelving for purses, then tall cabinets with mirror on door and then base cabinet with mini-fridge and more cabinetry. Island in middle of room with 20 drawers.
View of other side of room. Curved wall with 7 large cabinets for hanging cloths, pull outs for shoes and closed storage.